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HA8758 BF 109G-6 "Gerhard Barkhorn" Commanding Officer of II./JG 52, Ukraine, September 1943

The first Bf-109G “Gustav” entered service in March 1942. New features were a pressurized cockpit with three larger guns mounted on the nose and none on the wings but could be field mounted. The Bf-109G could overheat causing oil leaks; starting a fire forcing the pilot to bail out. The Gustav was produced in many variants including long-range fighters, recon fighters and bomber destroyers. The Bf-109G-6 lacked a pressurized cockpit but was the most numerous Bf-109 produced and the first to carry 13mm machine guns; equivalent to the American 50 caliber Browning.

German Ace Gerhard “Gerd” Barkhorn didn’t score his first victory until his 120th mission on July 2, 1941 over the Eastern Front. On September 1, 1943 at Kharkov Ukraine Barkhorn became Gruppenkommandeur of II./JG 52 and led it until January 15, 1945. In September 1943 he shot down 15 aircraft and by the end of 1943 had accumulated a total of 222 victories. He recorded his 301st, and last, victory on January 5, 1945 and along the way he himself was shot down 9 times and wounded twice.

Messerschmitt Bf-109G-6 specifications
Production timeline – February 1943 – October 1943
Number produced – 5,000+
Dimensions
Length – 9.04m (29ft (8in)
Wingspan – 9.92m (32ft 6.5in)
Height – 2.5m (8ft 2.25in)
Weight
Empty – 2,700kg (5,900lb)
Operational – 3,400kg (7,500lb)
Performance
Powerplant – Daimler-Benz DB605A-1, 12 cylinder inverted vee, liquid cooled, 1,475hp
Maximum speed – 640km/h (398mph)
Range – 850km (528miles)
Service ceiling – 12,000m (39,370ft)
Armament
2 X 13mm (.51in) synchronized MG 131 machine guns with 300 rounds each
1 X 20mm (.78in) MG 151/20 cannon as centerline Motorkanone firing through propeller hub with 200 rounds
Or
1 X 30mm (1.18in) MK 108 cannon as centerline Motorkanone with 65 round per gun (G-6/U4 variant)
2 X 20mm MG 151/20 under-wing cannon pods with 135 round per gun (Rustsatz V option)
Rockets - 2 X 21 cm (8 in) Wfr. Gr. 21 rockets (G-6 with BR21)
Bombs
1 X 250 kg (551 lb) bomb
Or
4 X 50 kg (110 lb) bombs
Or
1 X 300 litre (79 US gal) drop tank